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CONCORDIA ECONOMIC & INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT

 

 NEWS RELEASE

 For Immediate Release

July 9, 2013

 

City of Vidalia Announces Industrial Development

 

Vidalia, LA – Hinterland, LLC, a local development company today took the next-step in the ongoing development of Hinterland, LLC’s industrial biomass facility (the ‘Facility’) located in the Vidalia Industrial Park.  “We are excited to announce and welcome Hinterland, LLC as our newest resident in the Vidalia Industrial Park,” said Mayor Hyram Copeland.  The Facility is located on an approximate 130 acre tract, formerly used for agriculture, and has Town of Vidalia utilities available on the site boundary.  This site also has direct access to the future Vidalia Port development.  Mayor Copeland stated, “We are completing plans to develop the Vidalia Port to allow all of our industrial park tenants an alternative transportation opportunity.”

 

“The efforts by Mayor Copeland and the Vidalia Town Council, the Concordia Parish Economic Development Office and State of Louisiana have made the Vidalia Industrial Park an attractive location to bring new investment into the area,” said Sue Wells, Managing Member of Hinterland, LLC.  Hinterland’s $100+ million dollar project will create numerous construction jobs, provide indirect economic benefits to the local community and will bring more than 50 long-term, direct employment opportunities at the facility.  “We have enjoyed working with the Hinterland team and we look forward to a long term relationship with their business,” said Heather Malone, Executive Director of Concordia Economic & Industrial Development District. 

 

As additional project elements are finalized, information will be conveyed to the community and general public through print media. 

 

Hinterland, LLC is a regional developer of biomass facilities with long histories of continued successes in many areas.


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JAY SOWERS | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT Mark Wolverton, plant manager at the BASF facility in Vidalia, said that the ongoing expansion and improvement work on the building is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

 

VIDALIA — BASF’s $20 million expansion is not complete, but has already made an impact on the Miss-Lou’s job market. 

The 18-month expansion, announced in December 2011, will expand the size of the plant and add additional processing equipment for absorbents — one of the plant’s products — plant manager Mark Wolverton said. Vidalia’s absorbents are frequently used to remove fluoride and in the petro-chemical industry, Wolverton said.

The expansion is expected to create approximately 10 operator and maintenance jobs, Wolverton said. Though, most of the jobs are filled.

The plant currently has 56 employees. Wolverton said he plans to employ 58 to 60 employees at the Vidalia plant.

Wolverton said the expansion is also adding construction jobs. More than 80 contractors are helping with the plant’s expansion.

Vidalia economic development director Heather Malone said any expansion that adds jobs helps“Ten jobs may not seem like a lot, but it means something in Vidalia,” Malone said. “The plant jobs don’t even include construction. Building and expanding the plant provides construction jobs as well.”

The expansion is scheduled to finish during the final three months of 2013 Wolverton said.

Once the expansion is complete, Wolverton said the Vidalia plant will be on the cusp of being considered a medium-sized facility.

“BASF has small plants with less than 20 people to upwards of 1,000,” he said. “Once the expansion is complete, I’d classify the plant as a small to medium-sized facility. The plant is going to make our operations more efficient and more competitive.”

The Vidalia plant’s expansion comes after BASF closed its facility in Port Allen, which employed approximately 20 people. The Vidalia plant began producing the same items as the Port Allen plant to ease the transition.

Malone said she hopes the expansion is a sign of things to come.

“The Baton Rouge area has more environmental restrictions and less space,” Malone said. “Vidalia and Concordia Parish have plenty of space and a port that will begin construction soon.”

 

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Located in Central Louisiana, across the Mississippi River from historic Natchez, Mississippi, Vidalia is a community built on history, yet moving toward the future. The population of Vidalia is approximately 4300 as of the 2010 census. With the theme of "A small town where big things happen"; Vidalia has accomplished many endeavors to enhance the lives of their citizens. 

The Vidalia Welcome Center, housed inside the Vidalia Conference and Convention Center educates hundreds and thousands of visitors to our corner of Louisiana each year. This pleasant and informative staff are widely known for their knowledge of Louisiana, and is a great enhancement to our community.

BUSINESS:

Corporations with an international presence have chosen Vidalia because of its location, its utility and transportation infrastructure as well as the quality of life.

Concordia Parish is a sportsman's paradise, offering hunting and fishing equal to any you'll find. Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge, Red Rivers/Three Rivers Management Area, camping areas maintained by the state of Louisiana - all provide outdoor activity to satisfy the sportsman.

In addition, the parish is a gateway to the Atchafalaya Trace Heritage Area, rich in local tradition. Add 1,000-acre Lake Concordia, 2,100-acre Lake St. John, Ferriday Museum, Frogmore Plantation and more, you'll find Vidalia and Concordia Parish the perfect place to live, work and play.


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